Monday, July 27, 2009

How to create your own DIY patio with stone pavers

I recently put together a do it yourself article on How to Create a Patio With Stone Pavers. It was our first joint project between hubby and myself. We had been waiting the entire year, well seven months precisely, to be able to start the work on our patio. You see, we had undergone a home renovation project to enclose our screened patio. The screens had taken a beating from all the country club cats who loved to climb to the roof via our patio screens. When those crazy cats would decide to come off the roof, they'd scale down the sides of the screens, leaving some mighty long cut marks from their claws.

So, we opted to have our patio enclosed ... and much to our delight, the letter recently arrived from the Architectural Review Board who performed the final inspection of the sunroom. Finally, some good news as they wrote, "found it to be in substantial compliance with the approved plans." Wow, we both said, "substantial compliance" -- now isn't that just about the nicest warm fuzzy you could get? Interestingly enough, today as I sit at my computer writing this blog post, I am awaiting the Jacksonville building inspector for our final inspection.

creating our patio with stone paversWell, back to the DIY patio! Hubby and I went to work big time on this patio project one warm Saturday. Home Depot had delivered a pallet of the patio base, leveling sand, and two types of stone pavers. The pallet had been parked in our front driveway for a couple of days awaiting the weekend. I volunteered to be the muscle ;) as I grabbed a hand truck and stacked two columns of stone pavers -- averaging probably 20 per carry. You can see the stack of stone pavers in this picture on the right. Hubby is smack dab in the middle of the project which took the most of that Saturday to finalize.

Hubby and I had so much fun creating our patio with the stone pavers, that we opted to do a how to article to show everyone how to do a patio! The very day after we published How to Create a Patio With Stone Pavers, it was awarded a purple star for its quality content.

If you are looking for an easy to follow guide with step-by-step instructions and big pictures to show you how to create your very own DIY patio, you need to read my How to Create a Patio With Stone Pavers. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and let me know if I've answered any of your questions about doing such a do it yourself project.


Cheryl Kohan said...

Hi Julie! I read that page and the instructions are totally easy to follow. The pictures are a tremendous help.

Anonymous said...

It looks great!!! You guys did an awesome job designing!!

You should come by and see me sometime....

Julie Ann Brady said...

Thanks Steph -- appreciate you dropping by. This DIY patio project was something different for me. I'm usually cutting the grass, pruning the bushes and trees, and pulling some weeds -- oh and planting some plants. But, to accomplish a stone pavers patio! That was pretty sweet.

Yep -- I dropped by to check out your cosmetics blog.

Julie Ann Brady said...

Cheryl -- thanks so much for taking time to leave me a comment -- glad you found the instructions and pictures helpful. That was a great article to write with hubby's help! Got to get him out more you know. ;)

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